Humans of Mercury Studios: What People Behind the Scenes Have to Say About Glenn

The world knows him as Glenn Beck, the radio host, the author, the TV commentator. But who is Glenn Beck, the friend, the co-worker, the mentor?

Join us on a journey into the heart of Mercury Studios, where Glenn spends a huge portion of his life, and meet the people he works with every day. These are real, first-hand accounts about Glenn from within the walls of his own studios --- told by those who interact with him on a daily basis.

Here are their stories in their own words.

Misheal Simpson, Executive Assistant

Glenn is really funny. You get a taste of it, but he is hilarious. If you just spend a little bit of time, there’s always going to be some joke. There’s always going to be something.

It’s funny teaching him about culture.

One of my favorite things --- we were going somewhere and I had found this article and was like, “Gah, black don’t crack!”

And he’s like “What?!” and we’re literally looking at this article of famous African American actors and he couldn't believe this person was 50 and this person was 60, and I’m like, “'Cause black don’t crack!” And he is just so funny, he says that now.

So, I’ve been teaching him the cultural cool things.

He’s so genuine. He is all about growth. He would rather you find a new job versus having you be here and be miserable.

He wants people to grow. He wants people to be doing the things they enjoy doing.

Jason Buttrill, Writer/Researcher

I was his bodyguard for a couple of years before I started working over here.

I remember there was this one time where he had a town hall meeting back when the company was still based in New York. They called this meeting and all the employees went to it. It was at some really cool New York locale. I don’t even remember the subject matter or what he was talking about, but he was so passionate about everything he was doing.

A lot of people might know this about Glenn, but when you’re an employee working for him --- especially when he gets really fired up and inspired about stuff --- it’s really moving to witness and to be a part of.

I saw that and I was like, "Oh my gosh, this is the type of company I want to work for." I had no idea at the time that’s what I eventually was going to be doing. But, just seeing that as an outsider, you knew there was something different about Glenn --- something different.

From the get-go, he was always about empowering people. So, he gets talented people around him and he empowers people.

Just being around the guy and listening to how he is so passionate about things, you can’t help but be inspired. And as luck would have it, a couple years later I was actually working for him.

Really, that feeling has stuck with me the entire time. I don’t know if you’ve seen some of his town hall stuff, but just recently, when he unveiled some of the "EPIC" stuff --- that’s like classic Glenn. That’s Glenn when he is fully invested in a topic. When you see how inspired he is about that and how excited he is, you can’t help but have these explosions of ideas.

That’s the best way to describe it. Literally, everyone who listens to him and sees how passionate he is about these things, you have an explosion of ideas. And that’s just all part of his character and who he is.

Jessica Sanchez, Merchandising Manager

I started working here November 2014, and at that point in my life, I was very torn with my faith --- what I believed in, how I believed things were, and really at a point in my life where I was kind of struggling.

Career-wise, also, because I had just left a career that I had been at for ten years that was super exhausting to me. I came here and took an extreme pay cut to then just do admin work. And I did it for myself, first of all, to kind of just make things not so hectic, not so crazy in my life.

But I still didn’t have faith.

Well, then I started working with the "All Lives Matter" campaign. We started the campaign with Mercury One and we went to Birmingham and we did a big march. We marched the same march that Martin Luther King marched. It was a big drawn-out thing. Through the whole process, the whole thing was about unity, about faith, about all your spirituality, about what you believe in.

And Glenn was really big on prayer. We had morning prayers with the company. You constantly saw him walking around with his scriptures. Seeing that made me want to look more into my spirituality and my faith and what I believed in. I think just seeing him and the process we went through and that whole campaign --- it made me kind of take a look at my own life and what I needed to do and what changes I needed to make.

I ended up thinking, if a man like Glenn can make a decision based on scripture, based off of something that he reads, because he fully, wholeheartedly believes that’s what God is telling him, then why can’t I?

So, when I was in Birmingham, I decided to finally give myself to Christ. It was the first time ever in my whole life that I had actually felt the presence of God and a change. And it was all because I was a part of that campaign.

Glenn has changed my life in my spirituality and my faith and has really taught me to go for what I believe in and not care about what anybody else is saying.

What About You?

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Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.